Average 4.37 based on 107 teacher ratings
Marina Chahine is a History teacher at La Cañada High School 9-12 located in La Canada, California. When comparing Marina Chahine's ratings to other teachers in the state of California, Marina Chahine's ratings are above the average of 4.26 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at La Cañada High School 9-12 is 4.0 stars.
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This is speaking from a student who had Mrs. Chahine two years, AP Euro and APUSH. First of all, Mrs. Chahine was not easy. At first, when I tried to write the in-class DBQ's, I struggled as I tried to keep within the time limit. Now 2 years later, I believe she has taught me more than any other teacher so far in La Canada High School. Her strict grading allowed me to not only learn history, but to write it. Although, it took time, her teaching helped me to a great extent. 4 on AP Euro, 5 on US

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she was the best teacher anyone could ask for. she was tough, hard, and earned the name mrs chahine the machine but also had a great sense of humor and pushed any student no matter how bad e.g. me to push them selves and work hard its too bad she is retired we all miss her

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Farewell Chahine, we'll miss you. Undoubtedly one of the greatest teachers in La Canada

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definitely didn't like her while i had her but im not gonna lie she's an amazing teacher and a cogent lecturer. She knows her stuff and i think shes a good person. shes just extrememly mean at times.

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AP euro was definitely not the subject for me, but she was very enthusiastic and passionate about the subject. She's pretty funny, but it's easy to get on her bad side for a moment--it's like a teeter-totter with her. She also really cares about her students and wants them to help them do their best.

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best teacher ever

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Though intimidating at first, Mrs. Chahine is extremely passionate about history. Not to mention well-read. Ap Euro is an extremely hard class but the key is to be constantly attentive and participate. She may shout at you for some trivial reason but next thing you know she'll smile at you as you walk through the door.

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A difficult class but worth it.

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Not sure what happened, but last year in AP Euro I learned so much, but this year in APUSH, I just haven't learned too much. She always complains about how we are bad students for not reading the textbook. I had more notes after the first quarter last year than I have had in the first semester this year

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I think she is a good teacher. Some things she is hard in but other than that she is hilarious.

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Very smart person. Not the best teacher. I got an A in her class because she intiminated me.

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Chahine isn't neccesarily the best teacher, but her intimidating nature really makes you work hard and learn the history.

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Although she is helpful for the AP exam, she is not the best teacher. She gets off topic everyday and she is very reptitive. She is very intiminating and scary. She is very good at teaching essays and DBQ's though. She does not give much busy work and her class is a based on reading the textbook. Overall, I learned a lot from her class but I wouldn't credit it to her. Her class is ver much like a college class and it prepares you for college.

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I have never seen more students be more intimidated/embarassed than when they are in her class. It has been a scaring experience. She contradicts herself all the time. ( I think she's getting senile). She really likes me but the feeling is not mutual. I do not like watching her humiliate her students daily. If they get bad grades her harassing them isn't going to change their poor study habits. We're in the last two weeks of school...nothing's going to change now.

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She's intimidating and tough but a great teacher. If you try (and do well) and participate, she will most likely like you.

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When I had Chahine back in high school, I was intimidated, just like all of you who are reading this. Yes, she may be intimidating, but she has good reason. She does not like those students who are lazy and think they can easily pull off an A in the class. You have to be dedicated if you want to be in her class.

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hahahahaha!!!!!!! ahh, mrs. chahine. so much to say. she's crazy...but in a good way. some days she'll be in the best mood ever and then others she'll hate everyone, even the favorites. she's quick to dislike the people who don't do well/don't seem to care. so study! but everyone who goes to lchs has to have her. it's just all a part of the experience. just beware b/c soon you will "be hearing inside your head mrs. chahine's voice". but have fun, she's great!!!!

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I love Mrs. Chahine. She is the best teacher in the world. Everyone who doesn't go to LC or has never had a class with her is really missing out. She does not tolerate students who do not work hard.

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Mrs. Chahine loves history; you can tell just from sitting in her class. I only had her for AP Euro, and it was really difficult--I think she just wants her students to understand the subject as well as she does, and it frustrates her when they don't. Grades aside, she's a wonderful teacher, if a bit intimidating.

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Mrs. Chahine is awesome. I had her as a junior for AP US and I got a 4 on the test. She really prepares you for the it. Also, she taught me to write, read, and analyze. On top of all that, she is amazingly passionate, has an amazingly good memory, and is absolutely hilarious. I loved having her and am going to miss her this year.

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She does seem intimidating at first but once you get to know her, she is a really nice teacher. She teaches well and knows her stuff, even though she does have a french accent. AP Euro is already a challenging class so it's not Chahine's fault that it's hard.

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Hard class, but she makes it easy as long as you do your work and have decent analytical skills.

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I'm speechless; I've never had a teacher with such amazing passion for her subject. Each day, I mourn when the lunch bell rings b/c she makes me WANT to learn history like no other teacher has. Don't rush through the book readings, and study like you SHOULD, and the pop quizzes shouldn't be a big worry. She has changed the way I write, analyze, think, and attitude toward history. ONLY TAKE HER CLASS IF YOU REALLY WANT TO WORK, but it is WELL worth it - you will learn MUCH more than facts.

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Chahine was a major part of my high school career. Her teaching may be tough and old fashioned, but it's highly effective! Her lectures should be recorded for future generations to enjoy. Yes, she assigns a good deal of work, but if you keep up with the reading, it's all very manageable.

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THE BEST TEACHER EVER! study the book. but like, you have to dream of the book and you'll do good. but she is amazingg.

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knows what she's talking about, but insane. teaches to detail, harsh grader, but prepares you well for the ap exam. GET CARTNAL IF YOU CAN.

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i switched out of ap euro about a week into the school year since i dont do work, but i learned more in one week in chahine's class than i have in regular world history for two months. if it werent for the study load and the difficulty level of the class, i would have stayed in, since chahine is a very good teacher.

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Chahine is a true asset to LCHS. I've heard from countless students that her teaching and advice has helped them endlessly in college. Sure, she's tough, but somtimes a challenge is a necessity. Don't speed through the textbook reading and you'll be fine on the much dreaded pop quizzes. Her lectures are entertaining, something most teachers have yet to master. She's changed my life in significant ways that no other teacher has.

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I had her way back for AP Euro and AP American and I have to say she's one of the best teachers I've ever had. She fosters excitement in learning, better yet, understanding the material and her goal is to help her students excel, prepare for college, and do well on the AP. Chahine the history machine. She changed my life, she can change yours too.

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I had Ms. Chahine for about four days before the workload of AP Euro beat me and I switched to regular history. But I learned a lot in that class, and Ms. Chahine is a good teacher. Could be a bit more clear in lectures, though.

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the class is hard at first but dont despair! and definetly dont drop it!!! (EVEN IF YOU ARE FAILING. i started euro with the lowest grades possible and ended the year with an A and a 5) by the end of the year, your abilities and endurance will be like 100 times better. :) Mrs. Chahine has a very old-school way of teaching and dealing with students. it rewards hard work and is quite strict towards laziness. she has made students very upset before, but she is not cruel.

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Mrs. Chahine is definitely hard. You really need to do the reading hwk. It will help you so much. She gives MANY pop quizzes on the reading & maps that really affect your grade. She'll give you 3 extra points for answers during class that she likes, & you'll only know the answers if read. The essays & DBQs are hard if you are not a good writer. She doesn't help you get better at writing essays too much. She goes on rants about life sometimes but if she's nice if you aren't scared of her.

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i love mrs chahine =)

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Chahine's class is a right of passage for smart and average alike. If you come to class unprepared you deserve all that comes to you, but if you truly work hard you can succeed. Having her approval is a wonderful feeling and if you strive for it your life will be all the more better.

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Mrs. Chahine is a fantastic teacher. She is dedicated to learning and professionalism. You will not find another teacher as devoted to his/her job at our school. Come prepared to work in her class and you will receive the best education you could ask for.

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Very professional and dedicated. She upholds standards and does not pander to the lowest common denominator. At the same time, her teaching style can be overwhelming and overly stressful.

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mrs. chahine is the most knowledgeable teacher that i have ever had. she expects a lot...but if you work hard then you will get more out of the class than you ever have out of any class

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Best teacher ever. That is all I need to say.

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Great Teacher. Get on her good side early. Trust me, it helps...

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Mrs. Chahine is the best teacher at La Canada.

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I have never had a teacher that speaks with such passion about educating people, she is probably one of the best teachers out there.

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intimidating, but excellent teacher. You will learn a lot.

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After a year at Tulane I have NEVER had such a hard teacher. She's unnecessarily hard. Wrecked my GPA

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U have to commit a lot to her class. She can be scary but then she can be really funny too. Just do the work. After May, it'll be so much better.

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she's a great teacher, really knows her stuff and prepares you, but she can be v. intimidating, esp. if you don't need to be pushed to do your work. it made me a little paranoid.

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mrs chahine is the best teacher ever, she's sooo smart and knows absolutely everything! you'll only like her if you can take the heat...if you can't then why did you take the class

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she is one of the best teachers I had, just do the reading and you will leave each lecture with a sense of accomplishment(I did) just show her that you are prepared to work

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If you hear that she will cover everything you will be tested on, it is a LIE. She is a great teacher, but what you learn and what is on the test is not the sam

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A drill sargeant. Like in college, you won't be getting 98% in her class, but unlike college, you won't be getting any respect, either.

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Without a doubt, her class prepared me the most for college. If you disliked her style and the work she gave, good luck with college! That's exactly how it is!

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Great teacher... she could do a better job of getting the students into the material like Mr. Cartnal, and it would be nice if she gave out progress reports.

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mrs. chahine is one of the best teachers i've ever had. Makes you work hard, but you can count on the fact that she works ten times harder than anyone else

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i love the way she teaches. she makes the class and the text interesting.

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She's cool and is passive. but she has rats in her classrooom. Summer school is fun.

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She's a great teacher, although you can't blame the ease/hardness on her. It's an AP class, college level. Hard class, but great teacher!

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I still got into college despite my bad grade in her class. Dont stress, you don't need to. She is too demanding!! 2 years was enough!

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had her in the summer like 5 hours a day. LOVED HER. ive never learned so well. ever.

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she is an amazing teacher; however, she needs to start encouraging kids and not discouraging them. not everyone's gonna go to Berkeley

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She is pretty hard and very demanding of her students. But she is funny because of her accent.

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if u put in a lot of effort into her class. you get a lot out of it. she's brilliant. typical lc kids who choose not to work hard don't like her

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Most La Canada Teachers are not good at all. Mrs. Chahine is the exception. Without a doubt, the best teacher I've ever had at LCHS.

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Chahine is a great teacher. She knows her stuff. U just have to start off w/good tests n essays and she'll like u the rest of the year.

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yes chahine the machine is the easiest teacher ever i just got a 9- on my last essay what u guys think of that?

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for the guy that wants someone to "humiliate mrs. chahine". you cannot bring down the machinE!!!

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Students who criticise her are clueless.

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she can be scary and if you want to know the meaning of public humilation then this is the right class for you interesting lectures though loved the lectures

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Listen to you guys; those who failed the exam or did poorly in her class disparage her; those who studied and made a sincere effort praise her. Blame yourself!

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Alright folks, there is a difference between being a STRICT teacher and being a MEAN teacher. Chahine is strict, not mean. Which doesn't make her a bad teacher

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Mrs.Chahine is reallly intimidating but shes very inspirational.

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shes the best history teacher ever!

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Chahine is a good teacher and u can never predict her mood. She can be nice one time then blow u up when u say a wrong answer.

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Ms Chahine is by far the best teacher ive ever had. She knows the material so well its sick!11!!1

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How can you say she didn't deserve tenure, she is an excellent teacher who cares for her students. You don't deserve to be in her class...

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Mrs. Chahine is an extremely competent teacher and her lectures are very interesting. Tests are difficult, but that is a given in an AP class.

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You rock Ms. Chahine keep up the good work!

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She is the best teacher you will ever have. It maybe hard but it is well worth the effort! She is definitly the most popular of all the teachers here.

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She is a very good history teacher. She makes everything very interesting, but makes things more difficult then they need to be.

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It's not "Mrs Chahine." It's Queen Chahine. Bow down and do your reading, high schoolers...

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She was really hard, but as long as you pay attention, you can easilly get a B in the class... i think my fear of her forced me to study the most haha

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I love Mrs. Chahine...best teacher ever!

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one of the best teachers that I have had so far.

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I love mrs chahines class but it is very hard, but i wouldnt drop it for a million dollars

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She is the best teacher, the hardest teacher ever. I feared her IMMENSELY. I was such a slacker and yet I got a 4 and a 5! The best teacher ever hands down.

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Chahine the Machine!

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tough teacher and incredibly hard but an excellent teacher and makes you work HARD for your grade and AP score and makes you feel proud when she compliments you

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Just amazing, not much more, the biggest challenge i have had in highschool.

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THe most insprirational teacher and most rewarding class ive ever had

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Hard. Very hard. But from the point of view of a third year in college, she's one of the very best teachers I've ever had. Work hard and take full advantage!

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What else can we say about chahine the machine... Do your homework like you're supposed to and you'll be fine. the class is cake...

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